Media Advisory - New Report Finds Significant Flaws in Worldwide Biotech Patenting System; Experts Call for New Era in Intellectual Property to Improve Access to Innovation

    OTTAWA, Sept. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Ownership of innovative ideas in most
nations today rests on the notion that intellectual property is to be tightly
held and not shared. As a result, fewer and fewer people-whether in rich
countries or poor-have access to the best that breakthroughs in biotechnology
have to offer.
    At an event in Ottawa on 9 September, the authors of a new report,
Entering a New Era for Managed Intellectual Property: From Confrontation to
Negotiation, will reveal their recommendations for changes that will encourage
greater innovation and strengthen the ability of developing countries to
engage in research and development and to expand access to discoveries.
    The result of seven years of work by an international group of experts in
law, ethics and economics, the report is based on the input of policy-makers,
industry representatives, scientists and academics from around the world. The
project, initially based at McGill University, was funded by the Canadian
government. The Ottawa launch of the report will be followed by events in
Washington, Paris and Bamako, and coincides with the formal announcement of
The Innovation Partnership, a new non-profit organization that has already
begun to implement the findings of the report, most recently in collaboration
with UNITAID and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

    WHAT:                 Launch of report by International Expert Group on
                          Biotechnology, Innovation and Intellectual Property
          Opening remarks - Chad Gaffield, President, Social Sciences Social
                            Sciences and Humanities Research Council of

             Presentation - Richard Gold, McGill University, Chair,
                            International Expert Group on Biotechnology,
                            Innovation and Intellectual Property
                          - Maristela Basso, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
                          - Robert Cook-Deegan, Duke University, US

     Master of ceremonies - David Castle, University of Ottawa
    WHEN:                 Tuesday, September 9, 2008
                          11:00 a.m.
    WHERE:                Le Salon, National Arts Centre
                          53 Elgin Street
                          Ottawa, Canada

    About TIP

    TIP is an independent non-profit consultancy with experts in developed
and developing countries specializing in the understanding, use and management
of intellectual property. TIP's mission is to foster innovation and creativity
through the better use of intellectual property and its alternatives.

For further information:

For further information: Mireille Bonhomme, Alain Labonté
Communications, (514) 523-9922, Cell: (514) 435-2925,

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